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Safeguarding the Plastic Recycling Value Chain – Insights from COVID-19 Impact in South and Southeast Asia

Safeguarding the Plastic Recycling Value Chain
September 24, 2020 @ 4:00 am – 5:00 am UTC Timezone

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Like many sectors impacted by the COVID-19 crisis, the plastic recycling value chain has been severely disrupted amid lockdowns and movement restrictions.

Circulate Capital commissioned a study carried out by GA Circular to understand challenges faced by the plastics recycling industry in South and Southeast Asia during this time and the interventions needed to sustain it. Based on more than 100 interviews (recyclers, processors, aggregators, junk shops and informal sector workers), this study highlights six key COVID-19 impacts on the recycling value chain in India, Indonesia, Vietnam, Thailand, and the Philippines. The study also lays out a three-phase plan to prevent lasting damage to the sector, protect the environment and local communities’ livelihoods. The publication is available here –

Swati Singh Sambyal, Waste Management Specialist with UNHABITAT India, moderates this discussion where GA Circular and Circulate Capital will share insights from the study and highlight opportunities to support and strengthen the industry for the long term. The panel also includes two participants of the study who will share their challenges and experiences during COVID-19.

Karina Cady, Operations and Investment Director @Circulate Capital

Karina leads impact and manages the monitoring and reporting process at Circulate Capital. This includes overseeing compliance, as well as the environmental and social governance of the investment portfolio. Karina has implemented environmental management and sustainable development programmes across Asia, Africa and Europe. She has been recognised by regulators and industry coalitions for her work in environmental advocacy and public-private partnerships.

Tam Nguyen, Head of Operations @GA Circular


Swati Singh Sambyal, Waste Management Specialist @UN-Habitat

Swati Singh Sambyal is a renowned researcher on Solid Waste Management. Swati has worked in India as well as across Global South on development issues concerning waste management. Swati has done city scale implementation projects in India on decentralised waste management in the states of Bihar (Muzaffarpur) and Himachal Pradesh. She has also worked in Zanzibar in Tanzania, eSwatini (Mbabane and Matsapha), Ethiopia, Ghana and Namibia in bringing policy and implementation reforms and pushing for an integrated waste management approach by adopting circular solutions. She is presently associated as a Waste Management Specialist with UNHABITAT Regional Office for Asia and Pacific (ROAP). She has worked as the head of a programme on Municipal Solid Waste at New Delhi based environment policy and advocacy organisation, Centre for Science and Environment (CSE) for over 9 years. She has been a part of national and international advisory boards on solid waste management.

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